Swedish environmental activist, 16yrs. old Greta Thunberg has been named among the four winners of Sweden’s annual Rights Livelihood awards for “inspiring and amplifying political demands for urgent climate action reflecting scientific facts”. The Right Livelihood awards are also known as alternative Nobels, started in 1980 when the Nobel foundation rejected a proposal for two new prizes for work on the environment and within developing countries.
About Greta Thunberg
Greta the young climate activist has now become the leader-representative of young people, student’s global movement for environmental protection. Greta Thunberg and 15 other children filed a complaint with the United Nations alleging that five of the world’s major economies have violated their human rights by not taking adequate action to stop the climate crisis. Her 495 words, four and half minute speech at UN climate action summit is compared with Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg speech. During her speech at the summit, she scolded world leaders of neglecting and exposing her generation to the risk of the climate crisis – the threat to humanity and said
How dare You – You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words,
The eyes of all future generations are upon you. And if you choose to fail us I say we will never forgive you. We will not let you get away with this. Right here, right now is where we draw the line.”
2019 alternative Nobel prize is also awarded to
- Chinese lawyer and women’s rights advocate, Guo Jianmej.
- Yanomami people’s spokesperson and indigenous leader Davi Kopenava and Hutukara Yanomami Association who work for the protection of Amazon rainforest
- Aminatou Haidar from western Sahara, known as “Sahrawi Gandhi” human right activist whose dignity and resolve in campaigning for the independence of Western Sahara is remarkable
Each winner will be awarded 1 million kronor ( around Rs.73 Lakh)
The video of her speech at the UN climate Summit is as follow